Fifty Thousand Beatles Fans Take to The Streets Dressed as the Fab Four

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Beatles fans thronged to Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro on Monday for the Sergeant Pepper block party celebrating the music of the British foursome with a Samba twist.

The block party started in 2011 with 5 thousand revellers, now in its third year it attracted an estimated 60 thousand Beatles' and Samba enthusiasts.

Singers on top of a red 'London' bus entertained an ocean of revellers while percussionists below, all dressed in Sergeant Pepper costumes, gave a Brazilian kick to the music that surprised even Brits at the party.

Alex Coldan from London said he was surprised to see such a mix of genres work out.

"I don't know that anyone else loves the Beatles but Brazil loves the Beatles!"

Revellers entered into the spirit of the event with a variety of costumes

Some even chose to come dressed as members of the British band, and a John Lennon and Paul McCartney could be seen bopping away in the crowds.

People danced and sang along to all the songs although a smattering of parasols could be seen throughout the crowd as revellers battled off the heat of the sun.

The last big parade of this year's Carnival will take place in the Samabdrome later on Monday.

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